Many thanks to everybody that made my 18 year lay off from Cleveland a fun return. Our group had a great time.
It's a race, and there's more to it than winning and losing. It's the people, the fun, the crazy crap that goes on that add up to a memorable experience. And this was great, thanks to all who went out of their way to ensure those that attended had a memorable experience.
I have some good new memories, and met a lot of great new people, and finally got to say "howdy" to a lot of old timers I hadn't met personally. And that was very nice too. Nice to meet you all, again.
All anybody can ask for is a fair chance to do their best.
I feel that was done. The tech guys were more than fair and accommodating. I came through mandatory tech the one time and dang if my tape wasn't below the 3mm, by about a thousandth or so. The guy said, "your car is to low, the tape is hitting, but barely. Do you promise to fix it for the next run? I said, "YEA BUDDY", and he let me run, and I made sure that my car was high enough from then on. I saw a lot of that kind of thing being done to help the racers during the early runs. More than fair, and with a bit of common sense tossed in for good measure.
Mr Bill and crew, nice to meet you all. You have a thankless job, and I thought it was handled very well. Our group is very appreciative of all of your efforts and the efforts of DOZENS of volunteers who helped. Sure, there was a rough spot on the track, it happens, and it was fixed, it's the same for everybody, make your car work. Computer failures and voltage spikes, it happens. Move on as quick as possible, and that happened, problem solved.
I was on the track when the fire alarm went off the very first time. In fact, that miserable buzzer was 5 feet from my head...
Sure, it was annoying, had nothing to do with the race organizers, just bad damn luck. And to be honest, there wasn't a racer there that would have left the room until he was physically on fire...
...lol... We joked about it later, I think if the track was actually burning on one edge, the general consensus from the drivers on the stand would be to keep going until it got to the groove. "I'm not pulling off, you pulling off?", "nope, only a minute left, I'm having a decent run...". The announcer would have had to say, "Drivers, the track is on fire in the sweeper, STAY LOW IN THE SWEEPER", and we'd have all been fine with that.
The only thing I'd have liked to see different was shorter time between mains, and if it's announced ahead of time, people would have figured it out and planned accordingly.
I'd like to see the overall qualifying list
for the entire group after each round, not just the top ten. It's fun, relatively speaking, to say, "Dude, look, I'M NOT LAST"! I'm 59th out of 64, WHOOHOOO!
Most who I talked to, felt the same.
I found the track
edging very forgiving where it needed to be. The only people I saw break anything were the ones getting a bit "greedy" at the end of the straight, scuff the inside and get shot out at the wall, and that would happen anywhere.
all of them did a great job, and they did it thanklessly, for our benefit, and I appreciated it. Feel free to donate your time next year if you feel the announcing was anything that could be improved on. For me, perfect.
Our internet connection was pretty bad.
Nothing to do with the organizers. And it was intermittent throughout the hotel. Some rooms were great, some were not. Dieter was about 2 doors down and could watch crap on Youtube virtually "live", we couldn't even get a connection for more than a few seconds, and that was on 3 different lap tops. It was just crap in our room. It happens. We talked to the I.T. guy for the hotel, and he was amazed at how many people were on and also, "USING A LOT OF BANDWIDTH". WAY more than they normally see. So we as racers caused that problem by overloading their system. I suspect, that unless somebody asks them to improve, update, or buy a bigger pipe, it will be the same next year.
Thanks to all.
Cuffs, take care of the pig!